Why Didn’t Anybody Tell Me about This New Satanic Punish Single?

Doop-dee-doop, looking back through stuff I bookmarked so I can blog some posts.

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We Got That New akugi Track and Stuff, for It Is Neat

So you may have seen and/or heard that recent Codomomental debutante akugi dropped a preview track yesterday, which wasn’t foreshadowed so much as all but outwardly promised after some heavy-handed tweets and enough of a timeline (if you pay attention to such things) since the last drop that it only made sense.

And of course we missed the boat! It happens, man. Life gets busy. But communities and Teams are nice and helpful things, and of course we didn’t miss the boat completely, we just had to chase after it in a little fishing dinghy with a vintage outboard that we commandeered at knifepoint from some poor sap who just wanted to toss his line in the water, maybe get a nice catfish for dinner. Poor guy. But not poor us, for we have the song, and you’d better believe that we’re going to share it after the jump in imitation of the usual format for these posts, and boy oh boy if syva hates that fans share his songs after the preview windows close under normal circumstances, I can only imagine how he’ll feel about this. Continue reading

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Team Homicidols Reacts … to the New BiSH Song!

The damn thing’s already been viewed more times than most idol groups can hope for their entire lifetimes’ video corpus, so I doubt that you aren’t aware of the new digital single from BiSH. Theme song? You betcha! Starring Atsuko? As it should! Kenta? Is there any other way?

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I Recommend the New buGG Single

A certain newly emerged idol project with a particularly evocative name had me thinking about pop punk and idol. Yes again. Like, IRL, I hate pop punk, and I get completely fair crap for this irrational, knee-jerk take. It is what it is! The punk rock I got into as a kid wasn’t Fat Wreck Chords stuff, it was Dischord and Epitaph and let’s not get too deep into that, this is a buGG post, okay. The point is, I usually avoid pop punk unless it’s by idols, in which case the things that usually annoy me about the genre suddenly make a ton of sense. Absolutely perfect marriage.

So enter buGG, and what is oddly their first single:

IT’S PERFECT. I love this song so much. It actually popped up on Spotify a little while ago, but I kept hoping for an MV to show it off properly. It has just the right amount of punk rock to drive its holy-shit-it’s-literally-made-of-cotton-candy idol core, right down to the impossibly catchy chorus. And now we managed to fix your Wednesday morning!

The single is out on April 6. You should get it.

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In Which We Ask Ourselves, What the Hell, C-Style?

All right, so now, what is this? Maybe the tenth post in 15 where I could again express puzzlement at the very sudden and surprisingly pervasive infiltration of loudol by hip-hop* influences, perhaps best expressed in this post. Idols who just an album ago were yelling and growling and headbanging during breakdowns are now trying out their rap chops in sometimes surprising soundscapes. Which, fine, tastes change and you gotta change with them. But imagine my surprise when chika loudol long-timers C-Style dropped a new one the other day: Continue reading

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NEO JAPONISM Is Modern Idol Writ Small

NEO JAPONISM, who absolutely own and really need more love among you blockheads, released their latest album, THE SPIRIT, about six weeks ago. We did the lead single when it dropped, and frankly I thought that was going to be the end of it. But then this morning brought a shining ray of more NEO JAPONISM MV to gawk at, and in doing so I had a thought that hadn’t struck me when listening to the album, but suddenly seemed fairly clear: If Yanakoto Sotto Mute are the perfect modern idols, are NeoJap the most modern idols?

Let’s do that MV:

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Let’s Discover Some Idols: 340.29m/s

So let’s talk about the speed of sound. It varies, right? Like there’s the speed of sound in air at particular temperatures and also different altitudes (because density), and it moves better in water and even better through conductive solids — a block of Velveeta, I hear, is actually a terrible medium for sound to move through. BUT WHAT ABOUT THE SPEED OF SOUND MOVING THROUGH IDOLS? That is apparently 340.29m/s.

Which brings us to 340.20m/s (Twitter), who are actually coming up on their second anniversary and have been plenty busy in the chika realm in that time, for instance having released this sucker on Monday:

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Hikicomo Teikoku, New Single, Various

It is incumbent upon those of us who like to follow newly emerged loudol acts to continuously follow those newly emerged loudol acts. Some make it easier than others, yes, and there are always plenty whose inevitable two-months-later demise elicits the “Oh no! Anyway” meme more than any actual upset, but I think it’s necessary for a person in my exalted position to routinely revisit the promising newbies, try to drive some energy their way, bolster the ol’ get-up-and-go, you know?

So, among my personal favorite 2020 debuts that I was kind of late to the party on we have Hikicomo Teikoku, the shut-in idols whose very existence is so meta that I can barely stand it. They have a new single, obviously, or rather did two weeks ago, but I haven’t done a thing yet to make you all want to hear it or potentially later buy it from them, so let’s talk about it, and also check in more while we’re at it! Continue reading

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HIMEGOTOZETTAICHI Has Been Dropping Lots of Singles So Let’s Listen to Them

I can’t even remember why I wrote “Himego” in my little running notes document — smartphones! — a few days ago, but it definitely did act as a prompt to look up the never-followed-enough-come-on-you-guys HIMEGOTOZETTAICHI and have several lovely surprises in a row, and I’m going to share them with you even though the first has been completely ruined by the post title.

First! Holy hell, of course there’s a physical release on the way, but I had no idea that Himegoto was dropping digital singles all over the virtual airwaves, like almost one every two weeks since the start of the year:

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This Is the Last DESURABBITS MV Ever

One of the more emotional bits to emerge over the last little while was this MV, out as final promo for the final release for DESURABBITS before they disband forever. In context, while the song is in a lot of ways a very nice modern idol song and in every other way DESURABBITS to the core, really the most important thing about it is its emotional heft and the special place that DESURABBITS has in loudol history.

But first, MV:

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